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Summer Reading Starts at MPL!

Summer Reading officially launched on June 25th!
We had an obstacle course, ice cream, and prizes for all ages. The theme for Summer Reading this year is wellness, fitness, and sports and we have been busy hosting events for the whole family.  Adults enjoyed an aromatherapy workshop where they made scrubs, soaps, and dream pillows. This month for adults there will be a beginners ballroom dancing class. Teens played games and won prizes with  scratch tickets. Teen programming coming this month will include a pottery painting class and a yoga class especially for teens! Children enjoyed a Circus Minimus performance and the Hero Kids Sports obstacle course. This month Children can come learn to be a Jedi Knight and the whole family can participate in a family game night

See our community calendar on our website for more information on events and to see all the fun events we will be hosting all summer long!

*Some programs require registration
Introducing Wireless HotSpot Program

High Speed Internet,
Anytime, Anywhere!

No Internet at home? 
Borrow a library HotSpot to work on school projects, job searching online or getting reviews on your next purchase.  Started working on something in the library but want to continue working on it from home? Borrow a HotSpot.  
We’ll also be using them to sign people up for library cards at community activities throughout the city. 

You can borrow these devices for 2 weeks at a time. Go to for more information.
     Staff Spotlight
Meet the staff of MPL
Welcome Annie!
Annie joins us as our new Head if Circulation and Technology

What are you most excited about working at MPL? 
I am simply thrilled to be back at the MPL. My years here as a reference librarian were filled with wonderful experiences. Now, as the head of circulation and technology, I am excited to work with our terrific staff to provide the public with the best service and resources available. With an array of programs, classes, books, movies, e-resources, and technologies, we are a center of information for our community. I feel lucky to be joining the MPL team.
What author (dead or alive) would you love to go to dinner with and why? 
There are two authors that have moved me with their insight and understanding of human nature. Elizabeth Strout has the ability to make fictional characters so complex that readers react to them as if they live down the street. I loved reading Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton. Olive and Lucy will live on in my memory for many years to come. The other author is Atul Gawande. His book Being Mortal taught me tremendous lessons about growing old in this day and age, and moved me on an emotional level. It would be a fascinating dinner party, indeed!
What’s your favorite part of your job?  
The wonderful thing about being a librarian is that no two days are the same. My favorite part of my job is helping people find answers to questions. We live in an age where we have so much information available to us that is overwhelming. To quote author Neil Gaiman, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”

Exercise Your Mind: READ
The Adult Summer Reading Program at the Marlborough Public Library encourages all adults 18 and older to track how much they read in order to be entered for prize drawings every two weeks, in addition to having the chance to win the grand prize!
You can register yourself through our program website to be able to track your own reading 
. Click here for more information on the Adult Summer Reading Program. 

In addition to the regular Summer Reading program, this year we are also doing a reading challenge to help you exercise your mind! Pick up or print out your copy of the reading challenge list and start checking off categories to win entries into the grand prize drawing! You can also enter your responses into the reading challenge online through our program website where you track your daily reading. Head to our website for more information about the reading challenge. Need help finding books to fit a category? Check out some of the resources on the Find a Good Book subject guide.


Intro to Ballroom Dancing
Saturday, July 9th at 2pm
As the Adult Book Club reads The Unexpected Waltz by Kim Wright for July, experience the joy of ballroom first hand with our introductory class taught by Alyssa Arnold from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Franklin. No experience necessary!
Space is limited to 20 people,  register through our online events calendar.

Adult Book Club:
Join us on July 18th from 6:30-8:00pm or July 21st from 10:30am-12:00pm for Book Club. This month we will discuss The Unexpected Waltz by Kim Wright. Extra copies are on hold at the Circulation Desk. For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here. For August we will be reading The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.  Click here for more information on the monthly adult book club. 
Drop-In Coloring for Adults:
Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils will be provided. This program will be the first Monday of every month from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Bigelow Auditorium here at the Library. 

Summer Reading is Back! 

To participate, all you need to do is check out an item from the library — it doesn’t have to be a book! You will be given a scratch ticket when you check out, so you’ll know instantly if you won a prize.  If you did not win, you can write your name on the back to participate in the Grand Prize Raffle.

Instant Prizes: $25 Gift Cards, candy, and free books!
Grand Prize Raffle: The winner chooses from a Polaroid Snap digital/instant print camera, $125 to Skyzone Trampoline Park or $125 to Room Escape Adventures.
Pottery Painting Class
Wednesday, July 12th from 3:00-4:30pm Claytime Studio is coming to Marlborough Public Library! Pick your colors. Use brushes,stamps, stencils or sponges. An instructor will be on hand to assist you to create a one of a kind masterpiece. You may select ONE piece of pottery: plate, bowl, or mug. After this program, all pottery will be brought back to Claytime Studio to be glazed and fired in their kilns. Make something for yourself or as a gift for someone else!

Teens get in the game: Eat to Win
Thursday, July 21st from 6:00-8:00pm
Teens get in the Game: Eat to Win Slide presentation and demonstration with tasting Teens need extra calories to fuel their brains, sports performance and their growing bodies. If you play sports, dance, or belong to an after school club this program is for you. Join chef/cooking instructor Liz Barbour for this delicious program that will show you what to eat, when to eat, and how much you need to eat so you can perform at your highest level. Liz’s slide presentation will be followed by a demonstration and tasting of healthy snacks any teen can prepare. Registration is limited to 35 teens and closes on July 13th.


Teen Room Party
Friday, July 1st from 2:00-3:00pm

Teen MakerLab
Tuesday, July 5th from 3:30-5pm

Light Painting
Thursday, July 7th from 2:00-3:00pm

Superfight! Card Game
Friday, July 8th from 3:30-4:30pm

Live Action Hungry, Hungry, Hippos
Monday, July 11th from 3:00-4:00pm

Ice Cream in a Bag!
Tuesday, July 12th from 3:00-4:00pm

Pottery Painting Class
Wednesday, July 12th from 3:00-4:30pm

Teen MakerLab
Tuesday, July 19th from 3:30-5pm

Minute to Win It
Wednesday, July 20th from 2:00-3:00pm

Teens get in the game: Eat to Win
Thursday, July 21st from 6:00-8:00pm

Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirts
Tuesday, July 26th from 3:00-4:30pm

Yoga for Teens
Wednesday, July 27th from 2:00-3:00pm

Summer Reading for Kids!

The theme for Summer 2016 is wellness, fitness, and sports! The Summer Reading Program at the MPL encourages children up through grade 5 to read, listen to music, watch movies, and have fun this summer! Who knew so much fun was to be had at the library!
Who can enter? Kids up to fifth grade are eligible for the On Your Mark Get Set…Read program. Kids entering sixth grade have graduated to our teen program.
What do I have to do? Every time you read 3 hours (for kids up to second grade) or 5 hours (for kids in third through fifth grades), you earn your choice of a prize from our Treasure Box, a book, or a raffle ticket that can be used to win bigger prizes at the end of the summer. The more you read, the more you can enter… up to 10 prizes or tickets each! All you have to do is sign up for the Summer Reading Program, and get reading!

Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Tuesday, July 5th from 10:00-11:00am
For toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-5. Join Beth from Breathe Wellness as she leads children ages 6 to 10 through a variety of yoga poses and exercises. 
Family Movie Night
Wednesday, July 6th from 6:00-7:30pm

Join us for some popcorn and a screening of Disney's Air Bud: World Pup. Rated G.  
Yoga for Kids
Tuesday, July 12th from 10:00-11:00am
For children ages 6 to 10. Join Beth from Breathe Wellness as she leads children ages 6 to 10 through a variety of yoga poses and exercises. 
Creative Drawing Class for Kids!
Wednesday, July 13th from 3:00-4:30pm

Learn to draw turtles, rabbits and other animals with Ray LaChance. Ages 8 and up.
Wildkat Hoops
Thursday, July 14th from 10:00-11:00pm
For children ages 8 and up. Do you want to learn how to hula hoop from a professional? Join Wildkat in the auditorium & learn how! 
Star Wars Jedi Knight Training
Wednesday, July 20th from 1:30-2:30pm
Star Wars fans get a chance to interact with a real Jedi Knight. Ideal for ages 4 – 9, this interactive performance is great for both boys and girls! The children will be led through a series of challenges including Jedi Force Magic, a Laser Balloon Barrage and a Jedi Teamwork activity, which will culminate in an epic lightsaber duel with a Jedi Master. 
Family Game Night
Wednesday, July 20th from 6:00-7:30pm
Bring the whole family for a fun night of games. We have Scrabble, Monopoly, Cranium, Clue Jr., Memory Game, and much more!
Hero Kids Sports
Tuesday, July 26th from 1:00-2:00pm
Move your body! Join us for activities and a variety of sports emphasizing physical fitness, wellness and fun! (all ages welcome)
Mr. Vinny's Shadow Puppet Show
Wednesday, July 27th from 12:00-1:00pm
Come and see Mr. Vinny, a member of the famous Toe Jam Puppet Band, perform his hilarious and high-energy shadow puppet show! (all ages welcome)

We have many more events! 
Click for more children's events 
Book Suggestion:


Most people would recognize the names Wernher von Braun, Richard Feynman and Carl Sagan, but not many would know the names Barby Canright, Macie Roberts, or Barbara Lewis Paulson.  It is their stories and those of the women who came after them, the human “computers” that provided the mathematical support to the engineers of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, that Nathalia Holt tells in this book.  Yes, it is a book that is filled with math and science information, but is told in a way that anyone can understand.  The book spans a 50 year time period that went from paper and pencil to women achieving engineer and computer specialist status.  After reading Rocket Girls, the women that helped put men on the moon, the Hubble telescope in space and helped to plan and execute the “Grand Tour” through our Solar System will not be forgotten.

 Downsizing the Family Home
by Marni Jameson

Along with death and taxes it is almost always inevitable that at some time we will all have to clear out and disperse a parent’s, relative’s, or our own household. Marni Jameson dealt with that major task (downsizing her parents home) and describes it in a very clear and sensitive way.  Many of us are owned by “stuff” and much of that stuff is tied to emotions and memories, but Ms. Jameson explains the feelings and how to deal with those feelings so that the reader can move beyond the “stuff”, acknowledge the emotions, and still retain the memories.  The information she imparts would allow the reader to tackle this massive task in an efficient and effective manner.  What the author did not know she went right to authorities and shares that knowledge with her audience.  As a columnist for newspapers and TV and writer of two previous books about clutter, she herself is an expert.  This book has opened my eyes and made me think about making a clean sweep of my own house this summer.
Young Adult Suggestions:

Drag Teen
by Jeffery Self

JT is a gay high school senior determined to get out of Clearwater, Florida, and be the first person in his family to go to college, even though he cannot figure out how to pay for it--until his friends convince him to compete in a drag teen competition where the first prize is a college scholarship.

 Enchanted Air
by Margarita Engle

Offers an account of the first fourteen years of the author's life in poems, telling of her time spent between her mother's native Cuba and her home in Los Angeles, until the revolution in Cuba dramatically alters relations between the two countries she loves.

The Firefly Code 
by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Mori and her friends live a normal life on Firefly Lane in Old Harmonie, a utopian community where every kid knows he or she is genetically engineered to be better and smarter. When a strangely perfect new girl named Ilana moves in, the friends begin to question the only world they have ever known.

A House for Hermit Crab
by Eric Carle

A hermit crab who has outgrown his old shell moves into a new one, which he decorates and enhances with the various sea creatures he meets in his travels.

George Brown, Class Clown : Trouble Magnet
by Nancy Krulik ; illustrated by Aaron Blecha

    As the students at his school prepare for a talent show and class presentations about Hawaii, fourth-grader George tries hard to behave but his magic super burps keep getting him in trouble.

by Brandon Mull

When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.

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